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RWTH Aachen - Unit for Tectonics and Geodynamics

The Unit for Tectonics and Geodynamics at RWTH Aachen is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in continental tectonics for 3 years. The position will focus on using analogue model experiments to investigate the interaction between sedimentation processes, inheritance and shear zone localisation during continental rifting. Development of a new analogue modelling apparatus and helping students in the laboratory forms part of the responsibilities with this position. The group for Tectonics and Geodynamics is a continuation under a new chair of the previous group on Structural Geology, Tectonics and Geomechanics.

We can offer an inclusive work environment with unique scientific challenges and good opportunities for professional development.
We have a fully equipped analogue modelling laboratory with an underwater sandbox and an apparatus for modelling with gypsum powder. The lab has possibility for PIV analyses.
We offer support for presenting at (inter-)national conferences and for open access publication of results obtained during the postdoc appointment.

Postdoc in analogue modelling

Work­ing field:

  • The suc­cess­ful app­li­cant is expec­ted to deve­lop a new ana­lo­gue model­ling appa­ra­tus for simu­la­ting con­ti­nen­tal tec­to­nic defor­ma­tion pro­ces­ses.
  • The suc­cess­ful app­li­cant will use the new model­ling appa­ra­tus and/or exis­ting equip­ment to con­duct ana­lo­gue expe­ri­ments on strain par­ti­tio­ning in con­ti­nen­tal rif­ting.
  • (Co-)super­vi­sion of Bache­lor and Mas­ter stu­dents and some invol­ve­ment in tea­ching is to be expec­ted.
  • Pre­sen­ta­tion of results at (inter-)natio­nal con­fe­ren­ces and publi­ca­tion in peer-reviewed sci­en­ti­fic jour­nals is expec­ted.


  • App­li­cants must have a doc­to­rate/Ph.D. or equi­va­lent.
  • This posi­tion requi­res pro­ven expe­ri­ence in set­ting up and con­duc­ting ana­lo­gue (sand­box)
expe­ri­ments of brittle-vis­cous tec­to­nic pro­ces­ses (such as con­ti­nen­tal rif­ting, basin for­ma­tion and inver­sion, and/or the for­ma­tion of accre­tio­nary wed­ges).
  • A strong back­ground in quan­ti­ta­tive tech­ni­ques for ana­ly­sing expe­ri­men­tal results and com­pa­ring to natu­ral obser­va­tions is an advan­tage.
  • App­li­cants must have com­ple­ted their PhD at the time the posi­tion starts.
  • App­li­cants are expec­ted to be able to work inde­pendently as well as col­la­bo­rate across disci­pli­nes.
  • App­li­cants should be able to express them­sel­ves flu­ently in Eng­lish, writ­ten and orally.

How to ap­ply:

The posi­tion is for 3 years and is to be fil­led by March 1, 2020. This is a full-time posi­tion. It is also avail­able as part-time employ­ment per request.

The salary cor­re­sponds to level EG 13 TV-L.

RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity is cer­ti­fied as a "Family-Fri­endly Uni­ver­sity". We wel­come app­li­ca­ti­ons from all sui­ta­bly qua­li­fied can­di­da­tes regard­less of gen­der. We par­ti­cu­larly wel­come and encou­rage app­li­ca­ti­ons from women, dis­ab­led per­sons and eth­nic mino­rity groups, reco­gni­zing they are under­re­p­re­sen­ted across RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity. The princi­ples of fair and open com­pe­ti­tion apply and appoint­ments will be made on merit. RWTH Aachen is an equal oppor­tu­nities employer. We the­re­fore ask you not to include a photo in your app­li­ca­tion. For infor­ma­tion on the collec­tion of per­so­nal data pur­suant to Arti­cles 13 and 14 of the Gene­ral Data Pro­tec­tion Regu­la­tion (GDPR), please visit:

For fur­ther details, please con­tact
Dr. Susanne Bui­ter
Tel.: +49 (0) 241-8095723

Please send your app­li­ca­tion by Decem­ber 19, 2019 to
Dr. Susanne Bui­ter
Ange­wandte Struk­tur­geo­lo­gie
RWTH Aachen
Loch­ner­str. 4-20
52064 Aachen, Ger­many

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